Do you know the environmental impact of washing vehicles in your driveway, parking lots, or streets? ~ Trendy Mom Reviews
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Do you know the environmental impact of washing vehicles in your driveway, parking lots, or streets?

I recently came across information that surprised me, so I wanted to share with all of you trendy readers that care about the environment and communities.  Washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged.

A study by the City of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into their storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia.  Can  you believe that?! I feel awful about the results of this study and will happily go to professional car washes in the future.
 

The International Carwash Association® (ICA) has a lot of interesting information about the benefits of washing your car at a professional carwash. Check out this interesting information:

"You may be surprised to learn that professional car washes are typically a much greener option for washing vehicles than washing your car in the driveway at home. Washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes, but most professional car washes treat and recycle water, virtually eliminating waste. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, and most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car. 
WaterSavers professional car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash – that’s less than the typical home washing machine uses per load. The process cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment. For more information and to find a certified location near you, visit WashWithWaterSavers.com"
This summer, instead of grabbing a bucket and hose, take your car to a local professional car wash to help save water, protect aquatic life and preserve the environment.
 

It makes sense to me that professional car washes are designed to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than a hose in a driveway, street, or parking lot. I'll definitely take advantage of professional carwashes from now on.

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135 comments :

  1. Yes, I use one about once every two weeks.

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  2. i use it already!

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  3. I usually go to a professional carwash and do the hand wash myself. I like to save water by cleaning as fast and efficiently as possible.

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  4. I prefer using a pro car wash, less hassle that way.

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  5. I don't wash my car very often at all.

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  6. I don't wash my car very often at all.

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  7. I don't wash my car very often at all.

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  8. I don't wash my car very often at all.

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  9. I don't wash my car very often at all.

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  10. I don't wash my car very often at all.

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  11. Yes I did especially in the winter after a snow storm.

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  12. I do not plan on using a professional car washer in the near future.

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  13. yes ! all the time because of the salt in winter can damage a car

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  14. I dont wash often, usually let the rain constantly keep it clean. But when I do i use car washes

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  15. We don't wash our car often, but when we do, we use car washes

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  16. I assume at some point I will. thanks

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  17. no, my husband does it at home

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  18. usually hand wash

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  19. No, because my husband does it at home

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  20. Yup, I usually use professional car washes.

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  21. Yes because once in a while you just need a pro to do a great job.

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  22. I almost always use a professional car wash for the convenience and quality of it!

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  23. I always use a professional car wash.

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  24. We use a professional car wash a couple of times per year. We mostly do it by hand ourselves.

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  25. I do use a professional car wash. I can't say it was for the environment. Moreso because I am lazy.

    Valencia

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  26. I would much rather use professional carwash...it's worth the money.

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  27. I almost always use a professional carwash. Although, when the kids were really small it was a big "treat" to wash the car... sadly they are teens now. No such luck!

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  28. I use a professional carwash regularly

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  29. I always have used a professional carwash and now I will spread the word about the need for everyone to do so. :)

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  30. I'm terrible about not washing my car. I think maybe I'll go to a professional but wait to see if my boyfriend will wash it for me...unfortunately that doesnt get done either

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  31. Yes, the only way my car gets washed is if it is professionally cleaned

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  32. Yes I will be using a professional carwash.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  33. Sure, why not! :D

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  34. Yes I do!

    Name on rafflecopter: Amanda Sakovitz

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  35. I didn't realize they were the greener version! So double win - fast and green!

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  36. Sure!! As long as they take care of my car's vinyl stuff :)

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  37. yes, definitely. i'd love a detailing too

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  38. we usually do and now we have a house so we were going to wash our car in our driveway but now that i know this, i don't plan to anymore. def. will go to car washes.

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  39. We use them about 50% of the time. It is either too hot or too cold or we are on water restrictions. But will use them more in the future!

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  40. I love getting my car washed while I wait in an air conditioned room!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  41. Right now I'm relying on the rain.

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  42. that's what I usually do

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  43. No, I never really use professional car washes, I prefer to save the money.

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  44. Yes I plan to use a professional car wash in the future

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  45. I normally wash my car at a professional car wash, but sometimes I like to save money and do it myself

    sweetheat4171(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. There has been an ongoing debate in our house as to which is better, home or car wash. I prefer to run the car through the professional car wash and now have a very good reason to do so.

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  47. We got to a professional car wash facility and do it ourselves.

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  48. i plan to use a professional carwash in the future

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  49. My husband takes our SUV and car to the $3 automatic car wash

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  50. yes, we do it every couple of months

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  51. It depends, sometimes you have to have a professionals strengh equipment.

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  52. Our outside water is broken so yes, I will use the professionals to wash our car.

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  53. yes i do use a car wash every so often

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  54. Yes I always use a professional car was

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  55. yes I do its so much easier,

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  56. I live in an apartment building so always use a car wash.

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  57. I do use a professional carwash when my car gets really dirty.

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  58. I never really thought about this. I do use professional car washes and now I feel really great about that!

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  59. I never really thought about this... I do use professional car washes, and now I feel really great about that!

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  60. I don't use professional car washes as Im scared of them scratching up my car. I never wash my car at home though, I use hte ones where you wash it yourself!

    hannah on the form

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  61. as soon as the rainy weather moves out. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  62. We do periodically, but usually do it at home.

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  63. I definitely will in the future!

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  64. We just got a new large vehicle and would love to skip the pro-car washes from now on!

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  65. I will in the near future, my car is dirty.

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  66. I take my car to the car wash when I can afford it Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  67. We use both a professional and wash at home. this was really interesting!

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  68. I will use a professional car wash in the future but I will use a WaterSavers professional car wash in the future.

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  69. I use professional services and also do it myself.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. no i do not

    joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

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  71. I always go to a car wash.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  72. Yes, we plan on using a professional car wash.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  73. probably not cheaper to do it myself - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  74. Yes, we always use the car wash. (Roxann)

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  75. I plan on using a car wash in the future. :-) Thank you.

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  76. I always take my car in to a car wash to be cleaned. I never wash it at home.

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  77. We don't really wash the car that often and we usually do it ourselves.

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  78. I take my car to a professional car wash.

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  79. I already take my car to a car wash

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  80. We already do most of the time

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  81. we always use carwashes

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  82. Yes, but I prefer to hand wash my car, but we're at an apartment complex that we can't now.

    sugarsweet7202@yahoo(dot)com

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  83. I love it when I can wash my car by hand, but it is better for the enviroment to go the car wash, just wish it was cheaper!

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  84. We usually wash our own vehicle but I wouldn't rule out using a professional car wash in the future.

    callawishes(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  85. Yes I will.
    Brittney House bbrittbrat1398@yahoo.com

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  86. yes, whenever i get enough points at my local gas station, than i use it to go through their drive thru one.

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  87. I do already wash my car at a car wash but the rain cleans it mostly lol!!!

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  88. Knowing the facts now- you bet i will!

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  89. I always do since we can't wash our car where I live.

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  90. Yes, I already do. Thanks for the contest

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  91. yes I do plan to use one in the near future
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  93. Yes, I use one once in awhile, when my car gets dirty on the outside. Thanks for having this contest.

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  94. I sometimes use them but not much

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  95. Before I read your excellent post & review - the answer would be "probably not." But now my curiosity and interest have been tapped and I've going my have my Honey/Hubby "just try it." It sounds like a winner to me!

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    Jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  96. I live in Alaska and haven't washed my car yet. The weather changes every 5 minutes....if it's dirty- the rain or snow will wash it off.

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  97. I regularly use a professional car washer
    FB name Annette E

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  98. I always use a professional car wash

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway…we use a car wash infrequently; most of the time we wash the car at home, on the grass, with a minimum of water.

    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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